Mercury continues to seek shelter in Cancer, but tense contacts to other planets threaten security. Matters that may have conveniently been set aside require mediation and resolution. From the 5th, a sense of confidence is restored when the communication and thinking planet enters open and ardent Leo for a swift two week transit. Disruptive events from the 10th – 13th can provide a breakthrough that leads to an exciting opportunity on the 16th + 17th. Progress is assured while Sun and Mercury conjunct in Leo trine Mars in Aries over these dates.
A Leo New Moon follows on the 18th, harmonizing with the Nodes. A fresh beginning has fateful tinges. Things appear to be moving in the right direction. Mercury is at the most productive part of it’s cycle through the final week of September, so this is a good time to build traction on a personal project or creative enterprise. Communication flows and enthusiasm is amplified. Set intentions at the New Moon phase for a positive outcome, despite what potentially might be happening in the current moment. 2021 is on the horizon and a very different set of conditions and opportunities are precipitating.
To get there, a series of confrontational aspects from Mars in Aries to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto must be overcome. The first of three abrasive contacts occur this month, look for hot spots around the 4th, 13th, and 24th. This particular cycle persists through January of next year, when Mars makes a final square to Jupiter and Saturn closely aligned in Aquarius as it moves into Taurus. As Capricorn flavors the first two transit periods (August – October), continuing social upheaval is likely to escalate. The solution arrives in the form of Aquarius starting in December, and technology and resources will be the major topic next year.
Venus will move into Cancer on the 7th, stimulating a homey and nostalgic ambience. Love runs deep in this cycle. Connections are sought that can offer genuine commitment and nurturing. Long term relationships can be set on solid footing now, and those who have sought to cohabitate or take the next step will find the right timing here to do so. Depending on your intrinsic nature, this can feel comforting or confining. Venus will make some tough aspects over the coming weeks, but harmonious angles to Uranus (Aug. 18th) and Neptune (Aug. 27th) assist in bringing out authentic and genuine feelings of love and appreciation that make the more challenging moments slightly less unbearable.
WEEKLY FORECAST PREVIEW: “The week starts on an emotional note as the Capricorn Lunar Eclipse shakes things up, bringing culmination to a long standing cycle that began in mid 2018. A contact to wild card Uranus stimulates a disruptive, but welcomed, breakthrough. Financial issues can play a part in the conversation or process that arises now, especially with task master Saturn back in Capricorn – reassessment of the durability of the structure of an enterprise is required. With Uranus in the mix, a brilliant or innovative new methodology can be initiated….. “
A powerful Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn on the 5th trine to Uranus in Taurus could bring about unexpected, but positive developments pertaining to finance, property and profession. These are the manifestation of a trajectory set into motion late last December and stimulate a sense of prosperity where challenges have been overcome and a concerted effort has been made to restructure an area of life that has undergone significant upheaval. This is an appropriate time to focus on goals and values, in regard to both the material and emotional realms, as well as release what is weighing you down or no longer serving you productively. These need to mutually support one another as a solid and nurturing foundation is required to reach out to seek external success and that which you attain enables you to provide for your family or personal connections as a result. Changes to the power structure and within the realm of authority (Capricorn) are also likely.
As with any Eclipse, the closer the Lunation falls to planets or angles in your personal chart, the more intensely you will feel the effects. This particular Eclipse closes a cycle that began July 13th, 2018 with the current cycle now becoming activated on the Gemini (North Node – Future) and Sagittarius (South Node – Past) axis.
A strong Pisces influence has been a predominant factor since the beginning of the year, first with the Venus transit in January, then Mercury from February through mid-April, coupled with the annual Solar Transit, then capping off with Mars over the last six weeks. This influence is now waning, with the dissolving qualities represented by Pisces replaced with a sense of initiative through the impactful Cardinal transits featuring key planets placed in Cancer, Aries and Capricorn. With Cancer Sun/Mercury, Mars in Aries and the Capricorn stellium (Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto) generating tense angles over the next several months, a breakthrough is highly likely.
These energies may be perceived as highly disruptive, particularly around the Cancer New Moon on the 20th, which falls in precise opposition to Saturn, as well as Jupiter and Pluto in looser alignment. Saturn has moved back into Cap. at the very beginning of the month in order to offer a second chance to restructure an area of experience which may be deficient in some way. An opportunity is present to fortify this arena of your life, though discipline is required to make the most of it, and may be in short supply until September, when Saturn resumes direct motion.
The New Moon highlights where this work is most required with the storyline culminating in success in late November/early December when Saturn direct transits the Lunation degree (28’ Capricorn) one final time. Pay attention to cues that arise on July 20th, as they are highly illuminating and describe where making an extra effort will produce the most significant effect. Events that occurred in early March (the initial Saturn 28’ transit) set this into motion and should also be observed.
Two of Wands – Dominion
Mars in Aries: The dynamic pioneer; domination or mastery of a situation. Pay attention to centering. If you are in contact with your center, you are certain to master the situation. Trust your energy. AFFIRMATION: I find the strength I need now in my center. (Gerd Ziegler – Tarot, Mirror of the Soul: Handbook for the Aleister Crowley Tarot)
The other big news this month is the Mars in Aries transit, which began June 27th and lasts through January 6th of next year, due to the retrograde Mars period which extends from September 9th – November 13th. By the last week of July, Mars will already be slowing it’s orbit, and energy is likely to run a bit low through the Summer months. Retro Mars in Aries (the sign of it’s natural rulership) indicates a period of reassessment of how and where initiative and concentration of energy should be directed. Squares to planets in Capricorn demand there be purposefulness behind these choices and that action should be taken deliberately and constructively towards a specific outcome. Overcoming the potential challenges that arise requires tempering intense desire with patience, but leads to the mastery that will yield phenomenal results towards the end of the year and into 2021. Hang in there!
JULY 5 LUNAR ECLIPSE 13’ 30” CAPRICORN
20 NEW MOON 28’ 26” CANCER
March 20 – April 19
You feel focused and energized. A relationship that has been hard to pin down begins to show signs of new life. You are encouraged to express your feelings now and feel at ease in your surroundings. Social activities are enjoyable, especially where artistic and creative activities bring you together with others. Enticing connections are made under these auspices. Career could present challenges. Dynamic change is in the forecast and an unexpected financial twist – for the better – highly likely.
Professional and financial situations improve following a period of redefining your values and objectives. Energy percolates behind the scenes, you are in a period of significant reorientation and metamorphosis through the end of the year. Instincts are strong, and improvement in your ability to articulate your position from mid month enhances your effectiveness. Domestic and personal matters are highlighted from the 23rd and through the Summer months. September is ideal for relocation.
Twists and turns on the road to love (as well as your sense of self worth) get sorted in July. Knowing where your affections lie make it easier to move forward in a relationship. You financial axis is highlighted and from the 12th you have greater clarity in regard to your income. Socially this is a vibrant and exciting period that extends through the end of the year. You get more done working with others and should seek out people or a group through which you can manifest your highest aspirations.
Relationships have dynamic overtones – for better or for worse – and a partnership in limbo will either make it or break it this month. You have greater personal clarity from the 12th, suggesting you can productively use the first two weeks to tune into what you really want moving forward. Clarifying your objectives makes you less vulnerable to engaging in fruitless interactions. Those celebrating their birthday on or around the 5th are the most likely to experience the rock and roll influences in store!
A strong sense of renewal and vitality is present this month, and the closer you get to your upcoming birthday, the more amplified this becomes. There could be a sense of urgency to travel or see more of the world. Passions are ignited and stimulate your social calendar with many exciting adventures in store. Work or an assignment could be vexing. You’ll be relieved to check something off your list in the first half of the month. An ongoing obligation has been draining your energy and it’s time to release it.
Cathartic energy is present in your love relationship and volatile influences are likely to stimulate a momentous breakthrough. Towards the end of the month this all becomes easier to deal with as your ability to navigate through a challenging situation opens the door to greater connectivity and mutual understanding. Professional and financial issues that had been in limbo over the last several weeks begin to converge harmoniously. You are seen in a positive light by those who can assist you in reaching your goals.
Partnerships intensify and someone at a distance or from a foreign culture could feature largely for you. Professional detours over the past few weeks signaled reconsideration of your objectives, or at least how you reach them. Dynamic activity over the last two weeks of the month provide the opportunity to change your status, though you will have to stand your ground and be nimble in your approach. A very intense atmosphere is present and to make the most of an offer you will have to make very personal changes.
Guarding your health is priority over the next several months, with Mars pushing you to your physical limits and potentially driving you to take on more than you can realistically handle. From the 22nd a professional emphasis comes into play and you will pursue your personal goals with passion and vigor. An intimate relationship or financial agreement that sidelined last month is reconciled, though it’s equally possible a whole different opportunity emerges. Your sense of direction becomes clearer from mid month.
Mars from Aries invigorates and enlivens you. Following a potentially vexing period in your personal relationships, passions are reignited. Creativity flows and romantic connections are enhanced through your newfound self confidence and desire to express yourself. Feel free to pace yourself – this is a long term transit and endurance will help you make the most of it. Financial reorganization is possible from mid month. Revisit your budget and repayment options. Commitments to others and debt can now be resolved.
July is a very pivotal month for the Capricorn tribe with numerous activations occurring on the significant angles of your chart and a heavy duty Lunar eclipse in your sign enabling you to clear the decks and move forward. With Venus now direct, professional directives are reignited. Work and assignments you take on now place you in a favorable light and can precipitate advancement this coming November. The second half features key developments in a significant relationship. The time is ripe to make an enduring commitment.
Social life is stimulating as day to day life becomes brisk and invigorating. Taking an online course or joining an organization could lead to interesting introductions and exciting new and thought provoking encounters. Romance could feature here as well, especially if a situation had been in limbo. Someone who fell off the map could reemerge now. Those in the job market have better auspices after mid month. An overdue email or phone call is returned which could present an unexpected opportunity for you.
Personal matters that may have unraveled over the recent weeks begin to come together. A stronger sense of direction is palpable from mid month. You have a clear idea of where your heart lies and this promotes clarity. A strong financial emphasis is present for the rest of the year and if you, like many out there, have been struggling to make ends, you are going to seek to devote yourself to rectifying the situation. Endurance is your most useful ally in this pursuit, so pace yourself accordingly.
Mercury in Cancer – Three of Cups: overflowing exchange of love; rare, valuable feelings and perception which can be communicated intimately.
This month is flanked by 2 eclipses, ushering in the changing orientation of the nodes on the Gemini – Sagittarius polarity. The Lunar eclipse in Sagittarius falls in the cross hairs of retrograde Venus (Gemini) and Mars (Pisces), generating a turbulent atmosphere most likely surrounding relationships. With Venus in retro through the 25th, best to put off major decisions for the time being where possible. As this is the first eclipse in this particular cycle, it’s likely to represent more of a trigger for the changes that will unfold over the next 18 or so months.
The Cancer eclipse is unaspected, though a Sun – North Node conjunction from Gemini the day before is highly beneficial for getting clarity about future directives. Fated events occur around these dates (June 20th – 21st) and something very significant occurs or is put into motion at this time. This is also a true departure from the prior cycle in Cancer/Capricorn and a moment in which to realize how different life has become in the aftermath of the significant structural transformation that has occurred.
Mercury prepares to retrograde on the 18th, so the air could be a bit thick and expectations parlayed temporarily. Through July 12th it will be important to check and double check all important details and even delay significant decisions. The entire cycle falls in Cancer, bringing up intense emotional feelings most likely connected to the past. The massage of the deep dive that is likely to transpire is to release and renew. Intuition is highlighted and can offer resolution for prior issues.
Mars squares the nodes from the 26th – 28th. This can produce feelings of anxiety where reorientation to changing conditions occurs. Realizations that the past is truly behind you and recognizing the changes that have occurred is a natural part of this process. Earlier in the month, from the 18th – 28th, Mars collaborates productively with Pluto, Jupiter and Saturn. This is a good phase for getting things done, though matters will require a delicate touch. The 13th is a bit more tricky when Mars aligns with elusive Neptune. There can be magical moments, but equally deception. From the 27th, Mars moves into Aries, where it remains well into New Years. More on that next month!
JUNE 5 LUNAR ECLIPSE 15’ 42” SAGITTARIUS
21 SOLAR ECLIPSE 0’ 21” CANCER
March 20 – April 19
If you have been working behind the scenes on an important professional project, you will see good results from mid month onward. A domestic situation that has been complicated is beginning to show signs of resolution with a key development around the 21st. You may be exploring your family history or reuniting with relatives this Summer. A voyage to an early home could offer insights into your past.
April 20 – May 20
The social ambience is exciting, and even if only online, friendship and conversation should keep your schedule busy. People from the past could reemerge over these early Summer months. It will be exciting and illuminating to reconnect. Potent financial developments are in store. Significant culminations over the last week of the month, as well as the Eclipse on the 5th offer a glimpse into emerging trends.
May 21 – June 20
Very positive professional developments are in store as you maintain a high profile and are rewarded for your efforts. You will be at your most impressive from the 18th – 28th. Several opportunities arise. A tense eclipse in your partnership house on the 5th heralds a change in partnership status. If the relationship is on solid footing there could be arousal. Money matters could go sideways from the 18th, while Mercury retrogrades. Save for that rainy day.
June 21 – July 22
A dreamy ambience on the 13th could stimulate your desire for travel and expansion. Make a list of places or a vision board to connect with these. Pivotal events on the 20th – 21st offer a glimpse into a new way of life. Pay attention to the clues and put them into motion on your upcoming birthday. Partnership is lively and dynamic, with an early July eclipse bring a situation to a critical crossroads. Mercury retro in your sign stirs up old emotions. This is the time to take on a healing process.
July 23 – August 22
Events are playing out in your most private and personal areas of your life, and for the time being, keeping a low profile is for the best. There is a sense of catharsis and renewal in this period. From the 18th, when Mercury goes retrograde, you likely retrace your steps and delve into issues rooted in the past. Introspection is highlighted, and you can uncover a solution for an unsettled matter.
August 23 – September 22
Relationships are highlighted, and this is an extremely positive time to cultivate love and commitment with someone special to your heart. The axis of home/profession is also activated, and there could be tensions around the eclipse on the 5th between these dynamic areas, with a partnership also playing a pivotal role in your considerations. Remain compassionate if friction arises and everything will work out.
September 23 – October 23
There is a shift in your professional trajectory this month as Mercury turns retrograde on the 18th. Reassessment of priorities continues into July, though the Solar Eclipse on the 21st, as well as events in the days leading up, can open a door for you to a new vocation or enterprise. Simultaneously, domestic or personal matters that have been concerning are resolved through the month. Productivity arises from a sense of these issues being settled.
October 24 – November 21
Communication within a love relationship is highlighted throughout the month, marking significant milestones in matters of the heart. A sense of idealism is pervasive and aligns with your desires. With Venus still in retrograde, this could be connected with someone who has reemerged from your past. There can be resolution now if things were not properly put to rest, or rekindling of a lost love.
November 22 – December 21
Significant changes are coming, and relationships are likely to be the center point of major adjustments for you. An eclipse falling in your sign on the 5th is a catalyst for the ongoing transformation you will experience over the coming year and a half with events throughout this period pointing to what you have to let go of in order to move forward to the next phase of your life. There are improvements to your home and finances from the 18th.
December 22 – January 19
Communication in partnership is emphasized this month, though a period of reconsideration occurs from mid month while Mercury detours in retrograde. The substantial changes and obstacles you have confronted over the last several are beginning to give you a newfound sense of strength and conviction in your efforts. While work may have slowed, a new direction is presented on the 20th that enables you to shift gears within a changing reality.
January 20 – February 18
Self expression remains emphasized as you retrace your step through a creative project or even a romantic relationship. There is a desire to return to the past and move into the future simultaneously. From the 20th you get strong indications of where to head next. A work project or assignment could be shelved temporarily while Mercury retrogrades. Facts emerge next month that improve conditions considerably.
February 19 – March 20
Mars continues through your sign, making highly productive aspects that influence your hopes, dreams and activate your social life. Mercury simultaneously transiting your pleasure sector through early August indicates a fruitful period of self awareness and discovery. Intuition runs strong and even while detouring retrograde, signals the resolution of past concerns, potentially surrounding a love relationship.
Twist and turns abound throughout the month, with Venus, Jupiter and Saturn all going retrograde, offering a second chance to make adjustments where required. Look to where plans have not worked out (especially those associated with ambition) and make the necessary changes to the plan. Reorganization is crucial over the next few months.
Venus retro can rekindle an old romance, though it’s just as likely to be show over when the cycle completes itself. On the other side, it’s also possible a relationship goes through a period of reconsideration. Venus retrogrades on a square to Neptune, so there could be a realization that a situation was not all it seemed (Neptune – illusion) that triggers this. For more on Venus retrograde check out the 2020 Forecast that was published at the beginning of the year.
Mars in Pisces:Ten Of Cups – Satisfaction, Fulfillment, Radiating
“Suggestion: Relax, close your eyes and breath deeply and calmly. Let a picture arise in you which shows you a state of complete fulfillment. Repeat this exercise often and connect this feeling more and more with your reality.
Affirmation: Life gives me all I need to be happy.”
-Gerd Ziegler Tarot: Mirror of the Soul; Handbook for the Aliester Crowley Tarot
Mars shifts into Pisces mid month, not a particularly comfortable or productive placement for the planet of action, though take it as a respite – when Mars moves into Aries at the end of June, it stays in the sign through the beginning of next year. The Pisces period seeks to delve into the spiritual realm and promotes compassion and resolution. With the world on lockdown, this is a peaceful time in which the inner dementions can be explored fruitfully.
The North Node moves into Gemini on the 5th. Expect a realignment of goals and drives during the upcoming period. The focus is on the intellectual and social dimensions. Mercury will be in Gemini from the 12th – 29th and conjuncts the North Node on the 28th. Clarity about the future directives are in tight focus at this point, describing precisely how this reorientation will affect you and setting you off towards a fresh set of priorities.
March 20 – April 19
Mars nestles into the most secretive and elusive sector of your chart, indicating a period of withdrawal, closure and metamorphosis. Profession obligations recede, which is timely. You are likely to reconsider your goals and life direction over the coming months. Social contacts and communication become emphasized as you reach out to and grow your network.
April 20 – May 20
Social life can be interesting this month, though you may find your educational goals are furloughed for a time while events at large evolve. Finances become emphasized with North Node in Gemini. You can cultivate new sources of revenue. Look to clues on the 28th. Money matters may be on slow roll while Venus retrogrades, but matters will improve over time. Practice patience.
May 21 – June 20
There’s a crucial shift in awareness for you this month that impacts the me – you balance in your most important partnerships. You may rekindle the spark of an old flame, or realize a relationship has come to it’s end. This will be a theme that plays out for months, so don’t make decisions based on the current climate. Many changes are in store – this is only the beginning.
June 21 – July 22
An old flame may rekindle though it’s up to you to decide if this it the right time or not. This consideration lasts for a few months, so take your time. Travel may be alluring, you have a desire to spread your wings. Mercury enters your sign at the end of the month and signals a busy phase for you. With the North Node on it’s way out you are likely to feel more in control of your life.
July 23 – August 22
A key relationship could deepen from mid month, as you get up close and personal with someone you have become associated with. You are likely to see your social circle expanding, and the next year and half emphasizes what you can do together vs what you get done on your own. Professional matters come into focus on the 4th. You can advance swiftly now.
August 23 – September 22
A new professional trajectory is in store, as a New Moon on the 22nd signals developments are on the way. This may take a few months to nail down, but you are on track. Mars activates your area of partnerships from mid month. This can represent passion or conflict. With Jupiter retrograding in your love sector, a relationship could mutually slow down.
September 23 – October 23
There could be a bit of a sea change regarding a project you may had hoped to see move forward. There could be a better opportunity waiting for you in the wings, so take advantage of more time to explore your options. Financial matters culminate over the Full Moon on the 7th and could provide clues to where to head next. Housing matters can also be resolved over the coming months.
October 24 – November 21
Passions intensify with Mars transiting your are of pleasure and love relationships. A pivotal Full Moon in your sign on the 7th encourages a union of heart and soul. Intimacy could be tricky over the coming phase, especially if you are carrying the torch for a lost love and not grounded in your current situation. Let your intuition lead the way of someone from your past comes out of the woodwork.
November 22 – December 21
Partnerships and romance are likely a high priority, but securing a significant other a bit tricky over the coming months. An aura of uncertainty surrounding the situation could have you questioning the intentions of someone you care for, if not your own. The Scorpio Full Moon on the 7th suggests retreat and withdrawal. Reflection and closure are highlighted.
December 22 – January 19
This is likely to be a period of reflection and reorganization for Cappy. Jupiter in your sign and ruling planet Saturn on a backward roll indicate revisions to your strategy and trajectory. Meanwhile, the South Node leaves your sign and energy is restored after a period of limitations and draining events. Communication is highlighted from mid month and you are likely to be busy socially and with writing and learning projects.
January 20 – February 18
With Mars leaving your sign mid month, you feel a little less pressured to perform. Personal life and financial matters become emphasized and you may be developing a work from home enterprise. As Saturn shifts retrograde, you consider what you’ve discovered about yourself over the past few months and for objectives that will take flight a little later in the year. A Full Moon in your house of fame and reputation on the 7th amplifies this.
February 19 – March 20
Your private and residential life is emphasized though Venus retrograde here could slow things up if you are trying for relocation. This is a positive time to connect with your homeland or visit a location from your childhood, or connect with old friends. Mars moves into your sign and you feel motivated to take action on a personal project or enterprise. There could be enticing moments in store.
Hope everyone out there is staying safe and healthy! I’m in New York and we’re hunkered down, only going out for the essentials. Certainly many people are in similar situations, and while it’s tempting to drift off into existential malaise right now (I do so daily) the imperative for getting through this is to feel gratitude for every breath you take and every moment you have left, especially in the company of those you love most. I’ve been staying in touch with friends, both near and far, through Facebook/Twitter convos, and it’s nice to be able to check in with people and see how it’s going.
It’s also very scary, and I honestly feel weird about trying to decode horoscopes for the month amidst so much uncertainty and while it feels so many restrictions are being imposed on what we can actually do. What is the future? Right now, who knows. A wise woman I know said: what is the rush to get back to normal, normal got us here. It’s definitely a pivotal and defining moment in which necessary changes can transpire, if we make our choices with clarity and humanity and not in panic mode. But onward, let’s look at some of this astrology.
The atmosphere changes substantially with the ingress of Venus to Gemini and Mars to Aquarius, both air signs, which signals a shift from the material towards developing intellect and social connection. This could be difficult while socially distancing, but there are other ways to stay in touch, by phone and with the web. Or like those amazing folks in Italy who came together in song from their balconies while quarantined. Saturn in Aquarius reinforces this and will take a structuring (or restructuring) approach to how relationships and communities proceed. Mercury will move into Aries on the 11th and this will also enhance a more open dialogue and promote a sense of progress.
Venus will move into Gemini on the 3rd for a very long stay, through August 7th, due to the upcoming retrograde cycle. The shadow phase begins on the 10th, so it’s possible to begin intuiting what the message of the cycle has in store. Typically, Venus retro is going to affect relationships, but I would also advise looking at the house Venus rules in your chart, and obviously the house Gemini falls in there as well. It’s possible a change in partnership status is going to have a significant outcome in those areas. Also be very aware of what occurs on the 22nd – 23rd. Venus will be at the degree of the mid retrograde Sun-Venus conjunction that occurs on June 3rd, and there could be a pretty potent development or clues available around those dates as to what is the significance of this particular cycle means for you.
Jupiter and Pluto make the first of three conjunctions in Capricorn on the 4th, though this will ramp up throughout the week. Whether this will prove to be a positive or destructive contact is to be seen, but whatever it brings is likely to be intense and transformative. A storyline is initiated that plays out between now and November, when the final contact is made. Pluto retrogrades on the 25th through early October, so it’s influence will be less strongly felt over the upcoming months, which will hopefully be a plus.
My very best wishes to everyone out there! Stay safe and be easy on yourself. Relax with a few deep breaths if you are feeling overwhelmed, and hopefully I’ll be back next month. Cheers ~ Jocelyn AKA SG
There are considerable shifts in the ambience this March, which will be noticed most palpably when Saturn moves into Aquarius on the 21st. Venus in Taurus collaborates with the Capricorn stellium generating a very productive and helpful atmosphere to take care of endemic long term issues that have particularly been triggered since the New Year. Solutions can be found now, particularly on the 28th when Venus is trine to the forming Jupiter – Pluto conjunction, which will be exact on April 5th.
This is a positive month in which to cultivate business endeavors, love relationships, finances or simply tend to your gardening. (Taurus is symbolically connected to the garden and growth.) The March 9th Full Moon in Virgo fills out a Grand Earth Trine and links to Mars/Jupiter (trine) as well as Neptune (opposition). This is a fertile Moon phase in which to manifest around issues of abundance and within the professional/work sphere. An ideal situation may be within reach.
The Sun is also making fruitful contacts from Pisces, and with Mercury direct on the 9th, this is going to be one of the best months of the year to take care of important business and personal matters. Affairs can be placed on solid footing, and following an otherwise tumultuous period it’s definitely the right time to settle matters and start moving forward. With Mercury direct, clarity is restored and topics initiated in early February that were sidetracked can be addressed as answers come to the surface.
Mars in Capricorn adds intensity to the mix, conjuncting Jupiter on the 20th, Pluto on the 23rd and Saturn on the 31st. Issues that have been pervasive become emphasized, but Mars can offer the will and energy to find a solution. Expect some degree of agitation on these dates while being mindful that it’s precisely this agitation that will stimulate taking action. If you run into a block, acknowledge it and examine what you can do to resolve the tension you are experiencing. Additionally be alert around the 19th – 20th for solutions to the ultimatum issued on January 12th, as Mars conjuncts the degree of the dynamic Saturn – Pluto conjunction.
Saturn in Aquarius signals a substantial shift in consciousness towards a more socially oriented and humanitarian position. Coupled with Uranus in Taurus, the potentials regarding crypto currency and decentralized markets continue to emerge and will likely become codified during the Saturn Aquarius transit. For now, it’s just a glimpse of things to come, with Saturn – Aquarius transiting through early July then resuming in mid December. This suggests unfinished business to be completed by the end of the year before moving forward on these now frontiers and objectives.
MARCH 9 FULL MOON 19’ 36” VIRGO
24 NEW MOON 4’ 12” ARIES
March 20 – April 19
With a very strong career and financial emphasis this month, there is a good possibility you will advance or get a raise. Problematic situations with superiors now disintegrate as new agreements and circumstances are assured. Be mindful of coming off overzealous or asserting yourself in ways that threatens the boundaries of others though. Your reputation is still being forged and doing so could alienate those who can be of real assistance to you. There is a competitive and even combative quality to these stars, and staying level headed will take you the furthest.
Alluring Venus from your sign combines effortlessly with heavyweight planets in Capricorn. You are industrious, charismatic and passionate under these remarkable influences. Those seeking higher education or would like to lecture or move into publishing or broadcasting have very auspicious energies to enable their quest. Saturn begins a long transit influencing your profession and long range goals. You will begin to take your reputation and career quite seriously over the next few years as you seek to make your mark on the world.
It’s not that it will be a difficult month for you, but that you may be experiencing little cooperation during this rather cathartic period. While frustrating, as a huge plus – Mercury going direct will help you reestablish the course of your life direction. By mid-month you are back on track as situations that have been vague come into clearer focus. Romance lies behind the scenes for now. You might have trouble articulating your feelings or be pining for a past lover. There is a strong emphasis on cultivating deeper emotional connections with a partner. Try to keep an open heart.
You experience loverly moments with friends and partners this month, and this is enhanced tremendously if you are traveling. The position of Venus helps to mitigate some of the potentially turbulent energy you are experiencing with a spouse or partner. Examining shared goals and a vision for the future can help you reconnect through the noise of discord. Saturn makes a move into Aquarius at the end of the month, suggesting the waters will be less troubled, as well as help you to restore your energy.
It’s likely to be a hard working phase for you, but as a plus – your assignments and productivity are doing stellar things for your reputation and getting you noticed by the right people. You may land a lucrative position around the 9th, this one has an air of mystique around it and is likely connected to the arts. With Mercury moving direct, you can clear the air within a partnership. Saturn moving into this realm of influence suggests commitments will be becoming more serious moving forward, so best to untangle as much as you can now.
It’s likely to be a highly pleasurable period for you, especially as the grievances and delays that have plagued romantic relationships (as well as those with your children) begin to dissipate. Tricky dynamics that have been informing your partnerships over the Mercury phase also begin to find resolution. From mid month you have a much better idea where you stand – both in relation to your own feelings as well as an understanding the objectives of the person in question. The Full Moon in your sign on the 9th signals a culmination that resonates strongly within your interpersonal and romantic relationships.
March is going to be a reflective and transformative month for you. A very cathartic ambience is present through which you are emancipating yourself from the demons and disappointments of the past. There is a good possibility an endemic personal or housing matter is resolved. With Saturn leaving the base of your chart, pressure dissipates. A great deal of assistance is present in this phase to let go of draining habits, especially those connected to your upbringing. This will be reinforced when Mercury re-enters Pisces on the 16th. Now direct, you can make lifestyle modifications that will boost your productivity.
There could be some very alluring moments for you this month, and a relationship that has weathered the challenges can move to a whole new level. If unsettled, fresh energy is present to draw in someone special. This becomes more apparent when direct Mercury re-enters the arena of romance and pleasure on the 16th. Vague or apprehensive feelings dissipate and clarity is regained. Saturn, meanwhile, is moving into a testing angle from Aquarius. Your most personal and domestic life will undergo substantial change over the next few years.
Values and finances are emphasized this month, and you’ll likely get a good boost with lucrative assignments or a new job coming in. Difficult long range themes involving resources (and which were triggered in January) are now likely to find resolution. As Saturn makes it’s way into Aquarius, the chronic issues surrounding money matters will dissipate. Situations affecting your residence that have been vague will also become clearer from mid month, enabling you to make a decision or modifications you have sought to for some time.
This will be one of the most momentous months you have had in many Moons Cap, and with Venus transiting your Love Shack (Taurus) it could produce several romantic opportunities as well. The first week of the month is still a bit irksome while you resolve a money matter, but you take off from there. Intensity and focus are yours as you discover sources of strength to overcome even your most endemic personal issues. With Saturn leaving your sign, a huge wight is lifting, and you may even see a positive karmic return for the hard work you put in these last 2 and half years. Go for it.
You get a bit of misdirection over the first two weeks of the month, while you mull over a recent decision. From there a more domestic vibe takes over and you will likely desire to hibernate and hang behind the scenes. With so much going on in your private life, this is probably the most therapeutic use of your stars right now. Saturn briefly (3 months) tests the waters of your sign. The trend continues from December, though you’ll get many clues and realizations until July. A more serious demeanor emerges and you will find the ability to concentrate on a specific objective over the coming years.
A delightful month is in store for Pisces, especially in social situations and in your day to day encounters. A personal matter resolves from mid month, and the final week features stellar opportunities to attend events and mingle with charming and powerful people. The Full Moon on the 9th signals a stunning culmination in a partnership. This unravels if you have misguided the person in question, however, since slippery Neptune is featured in the configuration. If signals get crossed you get a second chance to make it right after Mercury is direct.
Pisces Mercury retrograde dominates February headlines, suggesting a slippery, ambiguous atmosphere underscores the other events and energies that precipitate. From Pisces Mercury has difficulty comprehending and articulating clearly through words, though expression through painting, dance, music and other art forms are enhanced and appropriate expressions of the current transit. The retrograde cycle amplifies a tendency to misunderstanding or misrepresentation, with facts and information likely to be in short supply and the intuitive and empathic nature of the sign debilitated. An important event or conversation on the 25th (Sun conjunct Mercury, signaling the mid point of the retrograde) begins to shed light on the situation, enabling clearer vision and a way forward.
Venus in Aries (February 7 – March 5) is having none of it and far less inclined to let a burning matter of the heart rest or wait. This impulsive placement likes to jump right in, even if life around it is sailing around in treacly slow motion. Venus contacts to Pluto and Saturn earlier in the month are more appropriate for making long term and committed arrangements (whether for love or business), though these ties are likely to be challenged or even disrupted by the end of February or early in March as a desire for more independence calls into question alliances that may feel dull or oppressive.
Simultaneously a still strong presence of Earth energy is prevalent and galvanized by Mars in Capricorn (February 16 – March 30). The more abstract nature of Mars in Sagittarius recedes and seeks to make ideas generated over the prior weeks to take on concrete expression. This transit represents gritty determination and bestows incredible ambition. Mars conjunct South Node on the 25th is greeted by a friendly contact from Mercury retrograde in Pisces. This is likely to a be a low energy transit, and can signal a withdrawal while matters from the past resurface. It’s possible an issue or individual from the past comes out of the woodwork, though with Mercury involved a prior issue can be resolved through a productive discussion.
The themes of the Saturn – Pluto conjunction that occurred January 12th will be reactivated on March 19th when Mars connects to the position of the aspect. Initiative can be taken on the concerning topics that were revealed at that time, and with Mercury direct by then, progress is assured.
The 21st – 23rd is likely to be the most vitalizing period of the month while the Sun, Mars and Uranus link harmoniously between Capricorn, Pisces and Taurus. Interesting insights about emerging financial trends can arise and a balanced sense of harmony and excitement for the future prevails. Trying something new and expressing unique abilities or ingenuity can produce unexpected but advantageous outcomes and is highly recommended. The New Moon in Pisces augments this and offers a strong sense of intuition that can provide guidance within a material or professional situation.
The first of three Jupiter sextile Neptune aspects occurs on the 20th. While the two were at odds last year, inflating both expectations and illusions, they collaborate productively this year, enabling a vision or wish to manifest more easily. Imagination and inspiration are highlighted, as is the spiritual realm. Deeply felt intuition motivates taking a course of action meant to expand consciousness and personal potential along a path of compassion and idealism.
FEB. 9 FULL MOON 20’ 00” LEO
23 NEW MOON 4’ 28” PISCES
March 20 – April 19
This is a good month for professional expansion, and if the prior weeks have been vexing, you find a more advantageous climate in which to reach your goals. Trust your intuition and take inspirational cues. Meanwhile, there are unresolved issues connected to your past that require resolution. These absolve in early March. Venus transiting your sign from the 7th makes you amorous and desirable, a potent combination that could open the door to an enticing exchange.
Mars in Capricorn from the 16th empowers you and the dates between the 21st – 23rd are particularly fruitful, especially if you are working with a group or collective towards a shared goal. You are likely to run into familiar if not forgotten faces over the coming weeks, or at least someone from the past could be on your mind. This is an ideal time to reconnect, especially if there is an unresolved issue or you have something to get off your chest. Otherwise, you are likely working behind the scenes this month.
Some of the friction you have likely been experiencing in your closest relationships begins to subside from mid month. You are enjoying the company of friends and allies in this phase and should accept social invitations. You are having almost enough fun to forget about professional matters that may be on a backward roll. These resolve early next month. Nonetheless, a lucrative period from the 21st – 23rd can boost your earnings. Try something different.
Partnerships and profession are of concern to you this month with enticing developments unfolding in both arenas. Compassion goes a long way to smooth over rough edges, especially in the 3rd week, while Jupiter and Neptune sextile. Old behavior patterns (either yours or theirs) may arise around the 25th-26th, stay mindful and maybe even take a step back to observe these less subjectively. Venus in your arena of status and public image highlights your best attributes and can bring creative assignments your way.
The atmosphere lightens on the work scene, suggesting you are likely to be taking a more inspired approach to your daily assignments and schedule. Very positive, although equally unexpected, developments are possible professionally. The days from the 21st – 23rd are incredibly advantageous for advancement in a new industry. Shared finances could be on a back roll as Mercury retrogrades. You might have to pay an old, if not forgotten debt, or renegotiate a contract.
There are plusses and minuses in the love life this month, Virgo. Coupled with retro Mercury stirring up mixed messages in your partnership sector you really have to take it a day at a time and suspend judgement for a few weeks till the dust settles and fact can be separated from fiction. Mars in Capricorn from the 16th arouses passion and your desire for sensual experiences. Creativity is also enhanced. A magical alliance is formed on the 20th, your heart is touched in ways you never imagined.
You are on the receiving end of some sweet love vibrations from the 7th, while Venus transits the area of your chart associated with partners and courtship. This is an excellent time to make beneficial connections that will take you further in both romance and business. Challenges from your domestic realm continue to be endemic to the progress you would seek to make, and action will be required through March. Changes on the work front or in regard to health and productivity are also in frame. Time for a rethink on your daily routine.
A highly romantic ambience permeates through February, though you may be getting mixed signals a love relationship or pining over the one that got away. The 2nd and 3rd are fruitful for conversations that may have been difficult to have and reach an accord. The days leading up to the New Moon in Pisces, from the 21st – 23rd, present you with an opportunity for a fresh start and renewed understanding regarding your true desires. An unexpected twist in the storyline will be exhilarating and liberating.
Venus transits your house of pleasure and romance, connecting fruitfully with Mars in your sign. The first two weeks are optimum for leisure and enjoyment. After the 16th the financial issues highlighted over the earlier days of the year come back into frame and demand attention and resolution. Challenges can be overcome, but require work and initiative. Domestic matters will be on a slow backward roll throughout the month, though events or awareness between the 20th and 23rd assure you things will turn out for the best in time.
The volatile atmosphere you have been contending with has begun to subside, allowing you time to reflect and gather your inner resources leading up to an energizing transit of Mars through your sign that begins on the 16th. The time to go after what you want with everything you have soon arrives. Inspiration guides you, though you have to be diligent to articulate your position clearly while Mercury is retrograde. The emancipation you have sought is possible from the 20th – 23rd. Creativity plays a major role in the outcome.
The process of defining what matters to you most, as well as accepting what you can actually bring to the table, is a pervasive concern this month. A harmonious linkage between Jupiter and Neptune on the 20th offers insight from the etherial realm and you can trust your instincts here to make a significant discovery. The New Moon that follows a few days later restores your sense of faith that things will work out. By March 21/22 this is crystal clear. Your social life can bring you joy this month, accept invitations.
Although the Mercury retrograde cycle landing in your sign could provide some vexing misdirection this month, you are quite at ease with other advantageous aspects that genuinely enhance your perspective and sense of self. Combined with a New Moon in your sign, this is a very fruitful period in which to reconnect with what you desire the most and make a fresh start. Around March 21/22 you are likely to see a lot of your 2020 objectives begin to move forward. For now, tap in and clarify what these are and how you will seek to achieve them. Happy Birthday!
Two very distinct themes shape the 2020 astrology forecast. First is the Capricorn stellium that culminates in January which establishes the most significant topics for the year right up front. Special attention must be given to the Saturn – Pluto conjunction, due to it’s rarity – the last time this aspect occurred in Capricorn was in 1518. Secondly, the retrograde periods of both Venus/Gemini then Mars/Aries, which mutually trigger adjustment or reconsideration that have consequences primarily within the relational sphere. Additionally the shift of the Nodal Axis from Cancer/Capricorn to Gemini/Sagittarius in early May signals that evolutionary directives are transformed as a new eclipse cycle emerges, presenting dramatic changes in the area of your chart affected.
Major activity and potential for complete metamorphosis occurs in the area of your chart where 22’ Capricorn falls. This is the degree of the Saturn – Pluto conjunction on January 12th and an astrology hotspot for the entire year. Taking a disciplined approach to transformation in this area intensifies, making substantial change a real possibility now, but requiring a consistent and determined approach to see it through. There is a groundbreaking quality to this combination and ambition to great achievement in some area (again, as indicated by where this specifically falls in your chart) through a complete regeneration of how you approach the topic.
The atmosphere around this whole thing is pretty momentous, with a double Capricorn influence encouraging measured initiative to undertake a massive project, while being prepared for the long haul and sacrificing or releasing anything superfluous to the goal at hand for an indeterminate amount of time. A lot of excess was revealed (and hopefully) then relinquished last Summer – during the transits of the South Node to these two, much pertaining to inflated objectives or seeking power or control for it’s own sake.
The negative manifestation of Capricorn/Saturn is an attachment to power on a symbolic or superficial level. Scorpio/Pluto is equally drawn to power, though its’ motives tend to be more subversive if unresolved trauma, especially that associated with loss of innocence, is unconsciously playing a role and externalizing itself through manipulative or destructive behavior patterns. With these two forces working together there is an opportunity to: a) conscientiously and pragmatically attend to the resolution of deep psychological issues that are undermining your effectiveness to meet the demands of reality and accomplish your long range goals, b) determine for yourself what power really is and restructure your life according to your own values. Leave behind appropriated symbols of success or social milestones that have been culturally informed or imposed upon you.
Much of the work has actually occurred internally by the time the Saturn – Pluto aspect becomes exact. It’s at this pivotal moment when that work begins to manifest, or when you realize you are prepared to take that next step into the unknown. Awareness that all the pieces won’t fall into place immediately enables the patience required to deal with the vast reorganization required to make the most of what is at hand. Additional aspects include Jupiter conjunct Pluto and Jupiter sextile Neptune, both of which occur three – fold, due to retrogrades. Look to the initial aspect to reveal the major potentials for growth associated with the aspect, the second to make adjustments and the third to really see the manifestation of the opportunity.
Jupiter conjunct Saturn falls at 0’ Aquarius at the end of the year. This precipitates a dynamic cultural shift and could augment the institution of new economic or political movements or policies. Justice and humanitarian values become codified (Saturn/Aquarius) and set a new precedent for society as a larger, interconnected organism. New technologies will be developed or emerge in the market (AI? Cryptocurrencies? IoT?) that signal changes to the status quo – for better or worse! New systems begin to arrive from late March through June, as Saturn makes it’s initial test run in Aquarius, retrograding May 11th and retreating back into Capricorn for a few more months to recalibrate for the bigger reveal in December.
PRIMARY ASPECTS FOR 2020:
SATURN CONJUNCT PLUTO – DEFINING POWER, TENACITY, WILL TO OVERCOME
JUPITER CONJUNCT PLUTO – EXPANDING POWER + INFLUENCE; GREAT EXPECTATIONS
Venus and Mars represent the archetypal masculine/feminine polarity as expressed through each individual through the signs and houses in which they reside in an individual’s chart. Venus is receptive, Mars is active. Where they work together harmoniously, either in a natal chart or between two individuals in synastry or composite, there is balance and flow between these fundamental principles. Alternately when they are in conflict (especially with the square and quincunx aspects,) there tends to be more abrasive or inharmonious experiences concerning, love, sex and pleasure.
Venus is not only the goddess of love, but also represents ones inherent level of self esteem. It represents receptiveness to pleasure and belief you deserve it. The sign Venus resides in tends to be what you find pleasurable or attractive, the house position signifies how you attain it. Mars is associated with confidence, and the intrinsic belief you can do something. Your Mars sign represents the kind of accomplishments that arouse your sense of confidence, and the house position is the arena in which they are made.
To add to the alchemy are natal (or transiting) aspects made to Venus and Mars, which also color and impact the experiences one might have surrounding the topics of love, romance, material acquisition, prosperity, (Venus) and the level of tenacity you possess to go after what you desire (Mars). Outer planets in detriment tend to have the most corrosive influence on the inherent properties represented by the personal planets in general (although they also tend to produce fascinating individuals who tend to live through and overcome extraordinary obstacles).
Second to these would be natal retrogrades in the chart. With retrograde Venus, there is a fundamental issue with the level of self esteem, a lack of trust or belief that one deserves affection. Individuals possessing this placement have a subconscious tendency to undermine intimate relationships because they lack faith these can be lasting or successful. With retrograde Mars self-confidence is in question, and there can be intense vacillation between going after personal passions and losing momentum or sensing there is something fundamentally wrong or inappropriate about the objectives.
In both instances of retrograde Venus or Mars there can be apprehension or even disgust pointed at individuals who exhibit the traits of these planets in a healthy and balanced way. There can additionally be triggering contacts with others that stimulate resentment or passive aggressive behaviors. This always reflects back to the individual needing to resolve internal issues and reconcile their own association to feelings of inadequacy to express the natural tendencies represented by Venus and Mars respectively.
Contemporary retrograde transits of Venus and Mars are vital periods for exploring new techniques and making substantial lifestyle adjustments – not only for natally retrograde individuals, but anyone who seeks to find alternatives where it becomes obvious the current trajectory is no longer effective and new solutions are desired.
2020 feature two significant periods of reorientation: retrograde Venus through Gemini and Mars through Aries. The Venus retrograde begins on a square to Neptune, suggesting there is a disappointment in a relationship or an idealized circumstance that either falls short of expectation or is untenable for the time being. Whatever the precise situation, the period from May 13th – June 25th is one that calls for reevaluation and even some soul searching. It’s a positive time for reviewing prior events to see where an unfinished or unresolved issue from the past (even the way back past) is creating obstacles to personal satisfaction and success in the current time frame.
The Mars transit is a bit more turbulent, and likely to manifest in the larger social order as a period of political upheaval, perhaps generating revolution or warfare as oppressed factions fight for autonomy and liberation from tyrannical regimes. Mars from Aries makes three full transits (square) to Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, signifying conflicts and a requirement for dynamic realignment of the status quo, especially in regard to individual rights as opposed to the force of authority.
On a more personal level, it is likely that a project or pursuit runs out of momentum as long range and endemic issues or circumstances (highlighted by where Capricorn resides in your chart) need to be dealt with or overcome. There could be “red tape” or a very difficult situation to contend with before progress can be made. It’s not unlikely a certain amount of stress accompanies these transits and it’s possible finding ways to manage tension is one of the more valuable attributes of the process that unfolds over the second half of the year, particularly from September to mid – November.
VENUS RETROGRADE DATES
APRIL 10 – JULY 26:
Pre – Retrograde Shadow April 10 – May 13 (5’ – 21’ Gemini)
Retrograde May 13 – June 25 (21’ -5’ Gemini)
Sun conjunct Venus June 3rd 13’ Gemini
Post Retrograde Shadow June 25 – July 26 (5’ – 21’ Gemini)
MARS RETROGRADE DATES
JULY 25 – JANUARY 2, 2021:
Pre – Retrograde Shadow July 25 – September 9 (15’ – 28’ Aries)
Retrograde September 9 – November 13 (28’ – 15’ Aries)
Post Retrograde Shadow November 13 – January 2, 2021 (15’ – 28’ Aries)
The 2020 Horoscopes focus primarily on the retrogrades of Venus and Mars. For a personalized reading, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.orgAn extended 2020 report is also available for subscribers on Patreon.com
March 20 – April 19
Venus Retrograde impacts communication and relationships. It could be difficult to get through to your spouse or a business partner at this time. There is reassessment of the viability of a connection connected to challenging financial circumstances. Old acquaintances may resurface, and one may even turn out to be a viable romantic or professional association, or make productive introductions. Mars Retrograde is very specific to you, as it falls in your sign. Be incredibly conscientious about your health during this period, as it’s easy to push yourself too hard and burn out or suffer from fatigue. Choose your battles carefully (or choose not to battle) especially during the retrograde phase, as you can come off quite aggressive or ruthless and provoke antagonism, particularly in your profession. Guard your reputation cautiously during this contentious period.
April 20 – May 20
Venus Retrograde highlights work and earnings, with a huge rethink possible about your self worth and how invested you feel in your job or assignments. You may consider a personal rebranding mission, though you are best to wait until later in May to make substantial or visible changes to your image. A huge development in the final week of May (Mercury conjunct North Node) signals a brilliant opportunity or insight regarding your earnings. Mars Retrograde has a strong effect on your relationships and features a heavy connection to your past and releasing prior regrets or feelings that inhibit your self-esteem. It’s likely a review of what (or who) did not work out in previous relationships has you questioning the viability of a contemporary relationship. Resolving internalized feelings of failure predicated on what has occurred before is paramount. Travel and pursuits regarding higher education should be postponed for the time being.
May 21 – June 20
Venus Retrograde is especially significant for you, since it falls in your sign. Love relationships in particular go through a period of recalibration, as you consider your true feelings, though a lot of this goes back to your own self – image and self – esteem, which may be in short supply during this phase. Those trying for pregnancy or adoption may wish to postpone for a few months while this transit levels out. Creative issues are also impacted, and artistic types will have to dig deeper to find their muse. Mars Retrograde signals a slow down on the job and impacts your social life. It’s possible you reconnect with old associates, and any unsettled debts can creep up at this time. There is some tumult associated with loans or shared financial agreements, it could also be a difficult time work wise, and a steady job or assignment may be difficult to pin down for the duration. You will be examining where your skills are best utilized, and this may also be the cause of holding back on taking a position while you reevaluate.
June 21 – July 22
Venus Retrograde holds a very nostalgic quality of time for you, as you are likely reflecting on the past or pining for someone at a distance or who is out of touch for some reason. There may be unsettled matters in your domestic life that require reorganization, and you may desire to completely redo your home decor, though this could be a manifestation of wanting to erase the past, which actually is seeking confrontation and resolution. By the end of May this cycle clears and new information and prospects provide helpful guidance. Mars Retrograde affects your profession and can signal a downturn in energy towards your long range goals, particularly of the preceding months were very busy on this front. You are likely to reconsider your plans or objectives, seek a new course or alter your plans significantly. There are very contentious energies coming from partners who are unwilling to go along with you or who don’t support your agenda, and this could be a trying period for a relationship with a spouse or business partner.
July 23 – August 22
Venus Retrograde affects your most cherished aspirations and may trigger you to reconsider an objective that had fallen to wayside due to time constraints previously. A social event may bring you back into the orbit of an old friend or colleague that reminds you of this project and may rekindle your interest in trying for it again. The end of May has favorable overtones for getting this off the ground. Mars Retrograde signals a reconsideration of your life direction, educational goals, or how you reach the broader world with your message. Those working in academics or media will likely feel this most proportionately as you devise new strategies or techniques to find and reach an audience or pursue and cultivate knowledge. This can also produce a reconsideration of something that you may have sought to do, but were not able to actualize previously. Look at your current prospects and reevaluate the possibilities available to you now.
August 23 – September 22
Venus Retrograde impacts your profession and reputation. There could be a dry period where you just don’t feel like you know where you are headed, or why, and begin to question your choices surrounding your career trajectory. Assignments may be short coming or a lack of praise for what you have accomplished could produce feelings of unease. Money matters can also be tricky, with your income dipping or expenses generating unfavorable conditions for you financially. Mars Retrograde signals an intensely transformative period for you in an intimate relationship, especially where you may be sharing or merging assets with another person, such as in a marriage or through business partnership. It may also indicate a difficult breakup, or division of assets, and there is also the potential of reevaluating a prior relationship that may have not culminated previously, but which you revisit to see if there is still a viable connection there. Private matters impact your self expression and love relationships, but can be detrimental. Make choices (or make none, for now!) with caution.
September 23 – October 23
Venus Retrograde impacts shared economies, especially in relation to a media enterprise or your educational goals, which could be on a slow roll while the funding for a key project is resolved. You may get an experimental urge towards some form of broadcasting or self expression, portraying yourself in an unexpected way to a larger audience, either through the inter-webs or by traveling, performing or lecturing at a distance. Mars Retrograde dually impacts your finances and partnerships. Resources may be in short supply, which impacts your self image and has a mirroring affect on your relationships. There is the potential of pushing someone away because you feel unworthy of affection during this transit. Or the partner may pull away due to conflicts or obligations in their own life. There is a tense matter in the domestic life that needs to be reconciled during this transit before you can move forward.
October 24 – November 21
Venus Retrograde affects a close, intimate relationship and brings commitments and matters of trust (including shared financial arrangements) up for review. There is the potential that an unresolved matter from the past is hindering your emotional availability or limiting the resources you have available (debt could be an issue) to move forward. This is a productive time to assess your expectations and what you, or others, really have to offer. Mars Retrograde impacts your health, productivity and self-image, and likely influences you to make substantial life changes in order to cultivate a more positive body image and boost self esteem. In order to do this, you will likely be challenged to reconsider some of your existing attitudes or make modifications to the most entrenched attributes of your daily routine. The more willingly you can dispense with beliefs that no longer serve you, the easier this transit becomes. Those in the job market could experience a delay, and will find better results towards the end of the year.
November 22 – December 21
Venus Retrograde falls in your area of committed partnerships, and you will likely step back to review your commitments to others. It’s possible a serious relationship cools off in this phase or a partner is preoccupied or unavailable. It’s also likely that you rekindle an old flame, and while a second chance is possible, there may just be unsettled business that needs to be addressed so you can release this connection and move on. Delay important decisions. Mars Retrograde impacts love relationships, children and your creative self expression, also signaling a downward shift in your ability to express and receive affection or through artistic endeavors. Again the possibility of reconnecting with a former love interest (or creative passion pursuit that was placed on the back burner) is present at this time. In this period you are called upon to reconnect with your essence and the heart of what you seek to express as well as the form that takes. Those trying for pregnancy or adoption should wait until next year.
December 22 – January 19
Venus Retrograde impacts work and career. You have to find new ways to organize your daily affairs to further your professional aspirations. If you have been in a high profile position and things moving forward swiftly, it’s possible a project or assignment is up in the air for a while while the resources and personnel required to accomplish a goal are reconfigured. Things line up favorably from the end of May. Mars Retrograde points to troubled circumstances in your domestic or personal life, or at the least an unsettled quality that is pervasive through the end of the year. You could have difficulties if you are trying to buy or sell property at this time, as your own attitudes and potential unwillingness to work with others is a deterrent to agreements on these matters. Your own aspirations and long term goals are held up through this process, and until reconciliation is possible.
January 20 – February 18
Venus Retrograde signals reconsiderations of a romantic or creative variety, you may be thinking of a lost love and pining over the one who got away. If you do reconnect with someone in this period, there is likely unfinished business between you. Resolve your karmic issues and move on. It’s also possible a creative project comes back into frame and you feel stimulated to make another attempt to see it to fruition. This might just be a distraction, but you if you enjoy yourself in the process, why not? Mars Retrograde factors in your communication and learning sector, and can slow the progress of educational goals temporarily. Equally likely is rediscovery of an interesting subject and you may decide to take a second crack at a literary or publishing project. Enjoy the discoveries along the way, but remain mindful that what comes into form now is unlikely to last. This is a temporary shift in atmosphere and direction. This is a positive time to reconnect with old friends and catch up.
February 19 – March 20
Venus Retrograde affects your personal life and home. There could be unsettled conditions in your residence, especially if you are trying to make improvements or relocate. The necessary resources to make this happen may be in short supply, especially if you are waiting for word on a loan or mortgage. Keep in mind that conditions are only temporary. A female family member may turn up unexpectedly and require your assistance. Things turn in your favor in the late Spring. Mars Retrograde impacts finance and it appears you need to get sorted here in order to make desired progress on long term aspirations or a group project. An organization you belong to may actually provide difficulty for you through dues or fees you pay to participate. This is a time during which complete re-evaluation of your earnings and sense of self worth is likely to occur, potentially following a period of loss of income, or just the realization a road has come to an end. Confidence is established more easily towards the end of the year.
Despite Mercury retrograde (October 31 – November 20), November is action packed with some really dynamic energy patterns emerging that cannot be ignored. While Mercury retro is, as always, not the most favorable time to launch a new venture or see a critical culmination within an existing one, certain situations will require immediate attention. Rather than view the retrograde period as a nuisance, choose to see it as a time of intensive focus and resolution around a very specific topic which currently requires a deep dive and reappraisal (Scorpio).
Helpful aspects throughout this phase suggest substantial and long term solutions can be found to the most difficult problems if you are willing to dig in and be honest about what is required to make these happen. Information and events that unfold over the month of November yield a highly positive and satisfying outcome in December. Transformation is the key.
Mars moves into Scorpio on November 19th, a day before Mercury goes direct, intensifying this area of your chart and adding drive and initiative to an undertaking in this arena. A revealing discovery between the 11th and 13th can set an endeavor or association on a whole new course and sets the stage for a major development over the first few days of December. Another key event/activation is likely to occur on December 17th/18th, when Mars reaches the degree of the Sun-Mercury conjunction that occurs on the 11th.
While these placements operate from the depths of ones deepest intuition, because of Mercury retrograde the influence goes a bit sideways, and is potentially less accurate. Be especially wary if suspicion is aroused. This is likely connected to unresolved trauma associated with a violation of trust that occurred in the past. As a plus this is a very good time in which to confront such issues and consider whether you are evaluating current circumstances through the lens of prior disappointment or disillusionment.
Clearing the waters is crucial so that when Mars reaches Scorpio it can be at it’s most effective. This transit represents rebirth, and coupled with augmenting aspects to the Capricorn stellium that forms between now and January, a powerful and momentous shift is possible, on both societal and personal levels. Incredible tenacity and a critical focus on a specific issue is required, but the planetary alinements support this – so if you have a long range issue you want to resolve, or seek to make a significant change in your life (look at Capricorn and Scorpio in your chart for where the most substantial transformation can occur) Mars from Scorpio can make this a tenable probability. Realizations and conversations that occur this month set the stage for success if you can listen carefully and decode the message.
Joint financial matters could unravel, or what seemed like a straightforward contract or agreement could take a little more wiggle room to fall into place. Your intuition about a professional matter is strong meanwhile and trusting your instincts, especially in the early part of the month, can assist you in reaching a higher ground. Venus from Sagittarius boosts your desire to experience affection and pleasure. Someone who expands your world perspective could be an enticing match for you. Attached Aries will enjoy exploring cultural activities with their spouse or partner. Think big!
April 20 – May 20
The Full Moon in your sign brings home the fundamental changes you have gone through this year, with a key relationship at the crux of a significant crossroads. A period of adjustment is in store within any committed relationships, which from the 20th regains clarity and emphasis. Energy could be lower through New Year and you will require a bit more rest moving into the winter months. Educational goals you have been pursuing show some signs of life and can get sorted out by early December, though it could feel like you are jumping through hoops to get there for the time being.
May 21 – June 20
Retrograde Mercury impacts you quite personally, Gemini, with a special emphasis on your job and profession flavoring the developments of the upcoming weeks. You get the clarity (or position) you seek and enter a very hard working phase from the 20th right into the New Year. A partnership may gone through it’s fair share of ups and downs this year, though November provides the optimum climate to create some loving memories, give and receive affection and make your intentions known. Positive energy surrounding your union prevails through the end of the year.
June 21 – July 22
Most of the contentious energy surrounding a certain partnership is subsiding, though a love relationship, past or present seems to be up for review through the 20th. As Mercury rights its’ course and courageous (and aggressive) Mars moves into your arena of pleasure and creative pursuits, stoking the ardent flames of passion between you and someone who is likely to play a major role in your future. Dynamics at work or within an assignment that has a creative flair are harmonious, and collaborative efforts are likely to be especially fruitful for you this month.
July 23 – August 22
Leave some wiggle room in your domestic arrangements this month as the retrograde Mercury signals shifting conditions or indecisiveness. Old memories are stirred and this could be a valuable time to resolve a personal matter, peruse a scrap book or photo album and put the past to rest. Later in the month a situation can intensify and you’ll have to contend with an urgent residential situation. Venus is in a very favorable position adding sparkle to romance and recreation, creative activities and just making you feel good all over. Jupiter has one more month of expansive influence here – make the most of it.
August 23 – September 22
What you say (or have said) can and will be used against you, though the current climate is quite favorable to Virgo, even if it takes you a few more weeks to make up your mind about about a situation or complicated love interest. People can wait while you decide the best course of action or seek your muse. Domestic and personal matters are very favorable, and with beneficial Venus and Jupiter spending the month in your area of home (as well as nurturing, self care and personal life) you can prioritize what matters most to you and sustain harmony and peaceful conditions.
September 23 – October 23
A strong financial emphasis is at play right now, with core issues coming to the surface in order to get sorted. This topic will be critical through the end of the year, and several opportunities to declare your values and worth will culminate over the next two months. Venus and Jupiter collaborate in your area of communication, meanwhile, making you extra charismatic and articulate. A negotiation can be quite successful at this time, though you do your best to wait until at least the final week of the month to put anything in writing.
October 24 – November 21
The month is ripe for big personal and relationship developments, and despite some unexpected twists and turns, it’s possible a touch and go association is finally ready to take root. It may be difficult to know your own heart at the moment, or to express yourself with conviction, in which case you have to go deep within to find answers to perplexing issues. From the 20th, as Mercury rights its’ course and Mars enters your sign, you find both the courage and clarity to go after what you want the most. Until then, take pause to reflect on what that really is.
November 22 – December 21
It’s a really delicious month for Sagi with the dual transits of Venus and Jupiter in your sign. You shine brightly over the coming weeks and can make the most of what you have learned about yourself during the life expanding transit of Jupiter through your sign over this past year. Factors behind the scenes remain at large, and especially from the 19th you have to get to the bottom of a subconscious issue, perhaps a debilitating habit or belief that is hindering real progress. Remain attuned to these and seek therapy if you require it. Living superficially will not particularly benefit you now.
December 22 – January 19
You are invigorated and ready to see your dreams take flight and come to fruition, though there seems to be a few kinks in the plan that need to be resolved first. There is a reflective, even introverted quality to the month as you chrysalis within the final stage of a substantial metamorphosis that has been culminating internally over the prior year. This gives way to the awesome developments and rebirth you experience beginning in December leading to dramatic events likely to occur at the onset of 2020. Look within to heal and release your prior reservations.
January 20 – February 18
Emphasis is placed on your life direction, reputation and goals over the coming weeks, and while there is some back and forth on where you set your sights due to Mercury retrograde, an intensification from the 20th forward is likely to culminate in a whole new trajectory for you, making this a fruitful time to explore all your options. Social life is vibrant, with many positive contacts and events brightening your agenda and adding to the holiday cheer. Experiences with those who share your interests can lead to expansive discoveries and meaningful insights.
February 19 – March 20
With one last month of Jupiter making it’s beneficial transit through your area of profession, reputation and status, coupled with the very positive influence of Venus in close collaboration, this is the time to go after a personal milestone. Mercury retrograde negates the productive ambience somewhat, as misunderstandings are also highlighted. Regardless, the seeds you plant now can be very potent and lead to a victory and lucrative opportunities in the future. The steadying influence of Saturn applying to Neptune in your sign signals you have a realistic sense of what is possible. Use this vital combo to get something off the ground.